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Other Fermentables / A little help please?!
« on: October 27, 2014, 07:15:26 AM »
So it finally happened to me...6 years of homebrewing and not one stuck fermentation until this weekend. I made a slightly sweet mead with an OG of 1.105, foughly 3 gallons worth. All I did was slightly heat the water to about 150 and blend the water with honey, fermented with a dry white wine yeast with yeast nutrient, and then let it go. It took off right away and has fermented roughly 10 days but is now stuck at there anything you all can suggest to help out?


P.S. I'm at work right now and we don't have the same functionality for the AHA forum website so I can't do any searches for previous postings, I apologize if this has been talked about ad nauseam, but I need some help!

Equipment and Software / Hand Cranked or Powered?
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:43:24 AM »
After posting a clarity issue with some new equipment and reading the recent grain mill thread I've put some serious thought towards buying my own mill. For those out there that mill their own grain do you have the hand crank or do you have a motor for it? What, if any, advantages are there to each?

Thanks for all your insight!


Equipment and Software / Blichmann Boilermaker Clarity Issues
« on: June 23, 2014, 06:55:12 AM »
I mashed my second batch of beer on my new Blichmann Boilermaker with a false bottom this weekend and have some concerning results. Both batches have been 5 gallon batches with the first being a belgian blonde and the second being a wheat beer. Both have 8-9lb grain bills.

In both batches no matter how carefully, slowly, or the amount of wort I vorlaufed I could not get it to run clear. I ended up having to let the wort settle and then rack off of that to get a more clear (but not clear) wort.

I've read other posts and reviews that swear they get the cleariest wort without any issues...what am I missing?! Is it because my batches are too small and I'm not getting enough grain bed to filter everything out? Any help is appreciated!

**Update: I followed the advise below and brewed 2 large 10 gallon batches. Turns out the issue was grain depth. I've had nothing but amazingly clear wort since upping my grain bed depth. Thanks!**

General Homebrew Discussion / Most frustrating waste of beer ever
« on: June 05, 2014, 07:32:49 AM »
Just needed to vent as it's been killing me ever since I discovered it last night.

I kegged 5 gallons of my Belgian Blonde and started the forced carbonation process. When I shut the chest freezer lid all was well, but apparently the 50 cent beer tap for dispensing my beer had the smallest of leaks...between the pressure for force carbonation and 24 hours of me not checking it the tap leaked about 2 gallons of beer one drip at a time into the bottom of my chest freezer...and drained my CO2 tank (which was close to being done anyways).

Again, just needed to vent and cry on some virtual shoulders.

I love hearing about everybody's plans for the weekend, especially a long and special one like Memorial Day.

Personally, I'll be camping with some good friends and homebrew to share around. No brewing planned but I will be letting a Belgian Blonde ferment out and hopefully ready for kegging when I return.



Equipment and Software / Blichmann Boilmaker
« on: April 28, 2014, 07:16:09 AM »
I just got the 20 gallon Blichmann Boilmaker in the mail which I plan to use as both my mash tun and kettle (after some transferring of the wort and cleaning of the spent grains)...but I don't know if I need a pump to use the system. Can you just use the 20 gallon version as a gravity feed system? Thanks!

General Homebrew Discussion / How was the weekend?!
« on: April 28, 2014, 07:11:40 AM »
I thought I would check in with the community to see how your weekend was! Personally I didn't get to brew but I did get my new 20 gallon Blichman Boilmaker and got the base structure for my new compost bin built. All in all not to shabby  ;D



Other Fermentables / Metabisulfite question
« on: April 22, 2014, 01:26:26 PM »
I was reading an article on a berry wine recipe and it was mentioned the author used Campden tablets (potassium metabisulfite) at the beginning of fermentation. I'm used to wine kits which say to add to add the potassium metabisulfite at the clearing/stabilization phase. Is there much of a difference or benefit? Thanks for the help!


General Homebrew Discussion / How did the brew weekend go?!
« on: April 07, 2014, 07:22:10 AM »
Just wondering how everybody's brew weekend went!

Personally, mine went all kinds of wrong. I attempted to brew a Vienna so I can lager it for a long time, but nothing went right. First it snowed, then the wind blew the flame on my boil out (for 20 minutes because I couldn't get it going), and despite all my pre-boil numbers being spot on I somehow came up well short for my SG...just one of those brews that despite all efforts didn't work out. Still gonna keep the Vienna and maybe call it something else.


All Grain Brewing / PH Test Strips
« on: February 09, 2014, 11:16:09 AM »
Hi all!

I thought I would take the next step in my brewing education by reading books on water quality and working to adjust my water PH (I know there are other factors but I'm focusing on PH first). I bought some Precision Labs strips the other day at my LHBS and took several readings at the 5-7 minute mark during the mash by pouring a small amount of the wort into a cup and quickly cooling to room temp. I came up with 3 pretty different readings making me think the strips aren't all that accurate.

Is there a better way to take readings other than strips?


General Homebrew Discussion / Old Brewing Texts
« on: January 04, 2014, 12:59:36 PM »
Does anybody know of any old brewing texts that are available to the general public? I don't can't read the German language so preferably the texts are translated, but I wont let that stop me :)


Kegging and Bottling / New or old Soda Kegs
« on: December 12, 2013, 11:58:07 AM »
Just wondering if anybody else is finding the old soda kegs to be too much of a headache and switched over to the new soda kegs?  I'm always chasing down some gas leak, repairing something, etc on an old soda keg. This question is very much on my mind as I am noticing the cost for a repair kit and old soda keg are quickly approaching the cost of a new keg.

Thanks guys!

General Homebrew Discussion / Brew Day Results
« on: September 23, 2012, 01:41:12 PM »
Just curious how all your brew days went?!

I'm also needing to vent since my went horribly from a logistical stand point...starting with the LHBS clerk missing my separated milled grains into one bag "for my convenience" and ending with me realizing my wort chiller doesn't fit to my new apartments kitchen spout. The only things that did go right were nailing both beer's OGs.

Kegging and Bottling / Help Please!!
« on: May 06, 2012, 12:56:33 PM »
I've had my keg setup for about a year and have moved away from it because I can't seem to find the leak anywhere! I think it may be in the regulator even though it's brand new out of the box. Last night I did a test, I hooked the regulator up to the CO2 tank, turned the valves so that the CO2 didn't escape, put in 25PSI of CO2 and turned the CO2. I checked a few hours later, the gauge still showed 25. I came back a few hours later and it then read 29PSI!! I came back this morning, 0PSI. Is my regulator bad?

Thanks for the assistance.

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